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* REST API: The single most undersold feature of CA Spectrum is the REST API! * Customisation: Very customisable under the hood and using standard features. * Reliable: It just works. I've been using Spectrum for more than five years and it... more»
The REST API work has allowed us to fully automate our deployment process, user creation, exception reporting, and much more. The device support is very comprehensive and vendor agnostic. Device certifications are added almost quarterly or... more»
CABI was a major issue for us, but the newly added Jaspersoft is a better-suited reporting toolset, so this has already been addressed. The OneClick UI is a little dated, but still very functional. They are also addressing this with the new... more»
There are many valuable features but the ability to have all the inventory reports, event reports, configuration management. It does correlation so instead of producing 20 alarms if a site goes down, it only creates one. That's one of its... more»
One of the improvements is that we have a reliable inventory. Spectrum does such a great job of discovering our network that we have a high confidence in what our inventory is and because of that we're confident in the reporting we get. We... more»
The only pain point I have is some issues with support and the timeliness of getting a resolution. Other than that, we're very pleased with the functionality. They're coming out with Spectrum 10.3 and I'm sure it'll have some additional... more»
Spectrum is really good at discovering what I have out there just by giving it the list of things: my inventory. I feed in my inventory, and it discovers what is out there and how they are all connected to each other.
Spectrum is heavily loaded with alarm configuration, so it can detect whenever things go wrong. Things that I didn't even know could go wrong on my network. It picks up on those. I have integrated it into my ITIL management, incident... more»
I would like to see them eliminate the Java console. The user interface for this is a Java applet that runs on your desktop, and it is very problematic for us in a large organization where Java is looked at as the big, bad evil thing that we... more»
Monitoring: Time to Threshold in a single pane-of-glass approach. * Dynamic groups allow for sets of infrastructure to have monitoring applied automatically in a type of ‘policy-based monitoring’. * Dynamic groups allow for configuring sets... more»
We are currently migrating from an IBM Tivoli solution. CA UIM will improve effectiveness of monitoring, increase visibility of IT infrastructure, reduce time to fix (MTR) and lower solution maintenance. In a large organization, CA UIM has... more»
Parts of the Unified Management Portal are not written in HTML5. I would like all components (Portlets) to be HTML5. This would increase the speed and responsiveness of the site, and possibly improve the appearance. Improved network... more»
* NCM * Discovery: Scheduled, on-demand, synchronized with eHealth * REST API * Spectrum integration with CABI, eHealth, SOI, and EEM * Modelling of custom device models * MRTG graphs in real time for interfaces * Dynamic Global Collections *... more»
CA Spectrum allowed our client, a Tier 1 TELCO, to manage their E2E network infrastructure. The distributed architecture and eHealth integrations enabled a powerful solution for providing Hosted Managed Services to an Enterprise customer. It... more»
* NCM: Needs to be more user-friendly and refined. The ability to quickly see changes across various time configured backups helps to quickly identify changes which could be a root cause to a prevalent problem due to incorrect configurations.... more»
As a total offering, Ops Bridge is a strong offering in the market. It adds value; it's competitive in its entirety, from network scanning to enrichment, up into event information. The implementation is challenging with customers, so we see added value, but there are diminished returns due to the complexity of the implementation and also the maintainability in... more»
For its fundamental proposition and as far as the way it works, it works well. It's a strong product; it has a wide capability - especially if you integrate it with more application performance-related solutions - and if you have infrastructure scanning, those two work together well. The data model and the data flow is pretty good, so overall it's a product that... more»
The feature that I find most valuable, but I don't see used often enough, is really applying the fault tolerance. In the last two companies I've worked with, they always categorized or contained different type of devices. There were routers... more»
We are using Spectrum as a conduit for other tools. For instance, we are bringing in SystemEDGE to send traps. We are going to use that to replace NSM, which is an old tool that is not supported by CA anymore. This is our replacement for... more»
They really need to work out some bugs. Getting away from Java is a good step. I'm looking to see how well we can integrate performance manager into that, and see how they all play together. I've got a distinct feeling that there's going to... more»
It really depends on where you're coming from. In 2009, we were working with Nagios -- before it was UIM and called Nimbus -- and weren't particularly unhappy, but there was an executive decision to go in a different direction. We were... more»
Although this may not work based on our environment, but topology discovery and root cause analysis would be nice to have. Right now, we don't have the RCA and rootcon topology awareness. It may be in the new version, but based on our... more»
The convenience of both the web portal as well as the thick client. We are able to go in and actually leverage the thick client for a nice, easy drag and drop solution. It works out really nicely, especially for our front-end team. The team... more»
It's the outcome of our being able to perform our job and gather the information we need in order to provide value to our customers. The real value is our being able to pull all the historic data that we need in order to gather every little... more»
Usually it's reliability issues. Some of the components don't always function as intended, or don't function as you would think they should. To give a specific example, within this product there are individual probes, and each of these probes... more»
It has many great features, but in most of the companies that I have done consulting for, they rarely use them as it requires an advanced level of knowledge of the tool. Event Configuration: A tool in its simplest form creates business logic... more»
Reduces the false positives, by creating our own business logic with the Event Configuration. Allows us to have a single console/notification point, with the alarms of all the tools that we use for monitoring.
It’s like having a Ferrari, without a professional driver. Most companies don’t use all the good features. The out-of-the-box features are just too poor: (Ping, CPU, Disk and Memory, Process, and File Systems). CA Spectrum is an... more»
Scalability and flexibility. The product can grow with your infrastructure so you don't have to install other products. Just add components. It's very simple. The second major feature is the user-friendly interface. It's the best feature for our customers, because we are the implementers of the software. It's easy for us to install and configure the product, but... more»
This is a very complex question, because it depends on the customer's needs. Some customers need more network capabilities, but UIM is all about IT monitoring. It's an all-inclusive software. It's difficult to become the best in monitoring all of the parameters in technology. Some customers want extended capability in the network, or the system overall. But it's... more»
The stability of the product is key. It never breaks, really. The stability and reliability of the Spectrum product have been top-notch. The only reason you're not going to know that your stuff is up and running is because you set it up... more»
Better integration with all the other products in the Agile suite of tools; anything they could do to make that less complex, would be great. They've made it less complex, it's getting better as time goes. It's just such a long road because... more»
I think it's a practical solution for taking a lot of different inputs from our operations and transforming them into sort of unified, actionable events that you can automate and make sense of automatically. We get a lot of different inputs... more»
Actually, we're going to see measurable results maybe next year. We haven't had it in wide production use for that long yet, so I can't mention percentages, really. But so far, the experience has been that it enables automation from sources... more»
I'd like more integration between the separate systems that make up the Ops Bridge part of the thing. There's a separate reporting component, which is very separate at the moment. There's the operations analytics, which is also a separate... more»
The most valuable feature is it’s ability to monitor our network. We have a fairly sizable network with over 4000 nodes. Ultimately, at a hospital, network integrity is a patient care issue, so you want to make sure that the network is up as... more»
Its ability to alert us on network issues before they become critical is a great benefit. For example, say one of the power supplies on a device that has more than one goes down. Spectrum alerts us so we're aware of it, we can go and take... more»
The web-based client that Spectrum has needs to be able to use multiple landscapes and multiple alarm filters. Right now, if you choose a landscape and then choose an alarm filter, you can have one or the other, but you can't pair them, which... more»
There are a large number of very valuable features within ScienceLogic, the most impressive feature is the event management capabilities. With the ability to create custom events administrators can dial in monitoring and really customize... more»
ScienceLogic has helped our organization in numerous ways, these include capacity planning in our network, virtual environments and applications. Along with the ability to view the health of applications which have instances located around... more»
In many different areas of the product there are terminology inconsistencies, these inconsistencies are within the product and also within the IT world, these are definite area’s that need improvement; however with a little use they become... more»
What I like about the latest that they came out with is that 10.2 looks like it's going to be better, and they added a web console. I like the HTML5 fact of it, because it's a lot easier for me to get to my admins and other elements like that... more»
It helped, basically, because we are working on root cause analysis. If we were to have outages, we really didn't know what the problem was, we just knew we had a server down. With Spectrum, we can do a root cause analysis by building... more»
If 10.2 goes completely to HTML5, I think that's going to be awesome. Just give everybody a website and tell them to log in and it'll be single-sign-on login, too, so they don't even have to remember another password. There is value in that... more»
Its flexibility, the ability to create Management Packs to monitor different programs or devices. No matter what it is you want to monitor or how you want to monitor, it can be done. You may have to create the code using VBScript or... more»
The company to which I am currently contracted is in the process of creating SNMP Management packages for our network devices. Very steep learning curve but the results are fantastic. Anything that can be accessed via SNMP commands, SCOM can... more»
There are always areas that can be improved in any product, but overall SCOM has matured very well over the years and appears to be at the point where only minor improvements need to be made. Since MS sends out updates regularly, these... more»
I believe that the fundamentals and the logic of how UIM is set up is very stable. We like that the fundamentals support providing metrics and alarms. I feel it provides the essentials. That is, to extract data from an environment and present... more»
I haven’t been in my current position for too long. I definitely noticed that UIM provides a level of reliability in our operating center for the people who actually implement the alarms. When an alarm comes in, they're responsible for making... more»
We're just hoping to see the growth in different functional areas so that it's a little bit more dynamic. The other enterprise suites that they're trying to bundle up are great. I think that the core functions of the product itself are great.... more»
ServiceNow API integration - Allows us to automate monitoring alerts for our internal infrastructure as well as our client environments. Highly Customizable - The platform is capable of almost anything in terms of... more»
I work for a Managed Service Provider and we rely heavily on our monitoring/alerting platform. One of the primary functions of our Support Team is the acknowledgement of alerts and communication with our clients on the health of their... more»
Simplified Interface - ScienceLogic can be a bit overwhelming when you begin working with it. The amount of customization is sometimes too much. A simplified user interface would help to alleviate this. NetFlow Support - I would like to see... more»
In the UMP, certain devices will show up multiple times and they don't correlate correctly. That's one of the issues. Sometimes the probe, on its first release, we will find some bugs with it and notify support and then they escalate it to... more»
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Rakesh has spent 22+ years in technology as a specialist in Infrastructure / Application for capacity, availability & performance management. He is knowledgeable and experienced in Tools, ITIL Processes, Integration, Automation, and Business Intelligence with a passion for lifting customer... more>>
Over 7 Years of Experience in Enterprise/Network Management Tools (EMS), Systems, Network & Troubleshooting.
Domain experience in providing solutions around IT infrastructure management using CA Technologies Enterprise Management Systems in terms of implementation, administration and... more>>
I´m a seasoned Consultant with 14+ years of Infrastructure Management, Monitoring and Automation experience and knowledge obtained through various projects implementations and administration in several Industry Types,Retail, Financial, Insurance, Telco and Utilities, in addition my international... more>>
Specialist in BMC Suite of Products
o Proficient in the management and ownership of BMC tools such as: BMC Portal, BMC Event Manager, BPPM.
o Skilled in owning and implementing tool upgrade and running customisations in various projects. Implementing new customisations and solutions for the... more>>
Over 25 years IT experience working up to senior level (equivalent to CTO with a yearly individual budget of £10M, and leading 90+ people) in a large multinational organisation. He has 3 years international experience in North America. A highly motivated and experienced senior IT Executive with... more>>
Drive superior IT & OSS Infrastructure Architectural – (Unix/Linux platform) on key projects & programs.
Look after most significant infrastructures such as Event Management, Monitoring system, Mail System, Trouble Ticketing System, Notification System, Branch Circuit Monitoring and... more>>
I have over 15 years working with ITSM solutions, specially related to improving service quality but without direct impact on budget limitations.
WIth knowledge, experience, technology and the right team it is possible to deliver a better IT service within the organizations.
I have over fifteen years of IT systems, application and network management experience.
I have worked on over 60 successful systems management projects with more than 40 different clients. My industry experience includes major companies in communication, education, pharmaceutical,... more>>
Network Security Expert. Providing network and network security solutions best fitted for applicative requirements upholding user/client requirements and security protection and countermeasures. Sound knowledge of the ITIL best practices and very process-aware.
Experience with complex converged... more>>
I'm a solution architect and an IT veteran, working in IT since ’93, the last 8+ years for PQR. My primary focus is End User Computing. I'm unbiased, with a focus on all EUC vendors making sure the customer will get the best solution possible. I'm a VMware vExpert and a member of the VMware EUC... more>>
Over 4 years of experience specializing in solution architecture, implementation,administration, configuration and maintenance of various Enterprise Management tools
My key skills are on monitoring tools like Microsoft SCOM, BMC BEM,Patrol, TMART ,Solar winds & automation tools like BMC... more>>
I am active in consultancy for Microsoft Server related projects and other ICT related services for clients in the Netherlands and occassionally also elsewhere ( www.bictt.nl ). My specialisation is SCOM and all products and versions around it. I am very much a community person. I received a... more>>
IT Professional with 8 years experience in the IT industry. Started as Technical Support and is now a Consultant focusing on Microsoft System Center solution design and deployments. Has experience in IT Operations and Administration on Client and Systems Management, as well as on-premise and... more>>
Heinrich is an experienced Microsoft consultant focusing on desktop deployments and private cloud delivery through the use of System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and the wider System Center private cloud stack.
● IT Management Systems Architect, Consultant, Presales and Training
● Analytically minded individual, logical in approach and adept at engineering bespoke IT solutions
● Proactive in nature and able to organise time effectively by balancing, prioritising and... more>>
Organized, result-oriented (certified) professional with over eight years experience in the Information Technology Industry Consulting Systems Engineering. Major strengths in leadership, planning, communications and management. An energetic, highly motivated systems... more>>
Architect and ITSM Consultant
with a BS from Yale University and an MBA
My Skills include the following:
A) Infrastructure and Solution Design: Designed infrastructure components to support multi-tiered solutions including DR Environments, Hardware, Operating Systems and Storage.
ITIL Certified by ISEB
PMP Certified by PMI
PATROL-CE Certified by BMC Software
OCP Certified by Oracle
Trainer Certification from Peak Potentials
As a subject matter expert since 1995, I specialize in implementation, customization, and training of the following product lines:
I am most interested in Microsoft technologies. Currently I am involved most of my time in System Center Operation Manager projects. I want to develop myself to Master System Center Operation Manager but also other System Center products and Windows Server technology.
Currently I have over 5... more>>
- 5 years professional experience, dedicated to performance engineering, web application security audits and IT technical testing.
- Performance engineering, with extensive experience on Enterprise Java platforms (Load Testing, monitoring, tuning and optimizing enterprise... more>>